SCOREBOARD
Saturday, July 21
San Francisco at Milwaukee (3:55 p.m. EDT). With 753 home runs, Barry Bonds takes a few more swings at Hank Aaron's record of 755.

STARS
Friday
-Erik Bedard, Orioles, struck out 11 and won his fifth straight decision, leading Baltimore past the Oakland Athletics 6-1.
-Fausto Carmona, Indians, allowed three hits over eight shutout innings in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers.
-Aaron Cook, Rockies, had a career-high eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings to lead Colorado past Washington 3-1.
-Josh Beckett, Red Sox, struck out 10 to win his 13th game and help Boston defeat the Chicago White Sox 10-3.
-Billy Butler, Royals, had four hits and four RBIs and Kansas City routed Detroit 10-2.
-B.J. Upton, Devil Rays, hit a pair of homers and Tampa Bay pounded the New York Yankees 14-4.

DOMINANT
Erik Bedard struck out 11 and won his fifth straight decision, leading the Baltimore Orioles past the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Friday night. Bedard (9-4) allowed one hit in seven innings and increased his major league-leading strikeout total to 167. He carried a no-hit bid into the sixth before Mark Ellis homered with two outs, ending Bedard's scoreless streak at 21 innings.

ACES
Josh Beckett had 10 strikeouts and tied for the major league lead with his 13th win as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night. Coco Crisp's three-run triple in the fifth inning gave Boston a 4-3 lead and Julio Lugo hit a grand slam in the eighth, driving in the last of the 10 runs allowed by starter Jose Contreras.

TIGERS TAMED
Gil Meche gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings to help Kansas City defeat Detroit 10-2 on Friday. Meche, who has a 1.50 ERA in his last four starts at Comerica Park, struck out five without walking a batter.

FROM WAY BACK
Edwin Jackson picked up the win in Tampa Bay's 14-4 rout of the New York Yankees on Friday to pick up his first road victory since winning at San Francisco on Sept. 27, 2003, while with the Dodgers. His road winless streak of 14 starts and 26 games was the longest among current major league starters.

STREAKS
J.J. Putz picked up his 29th save in Seattle's 4-2 win over Toronto on Friday, extending his streak of scoreless innings to 22. He also has converted 31 save chances in a row dating to last season. Both are the longest active streaks in the major leagues. ... Houston edged Pittsburgh 2-1 to hand the Pirates their seventh straight loss and drop them into last place in the NL Central for the first time this season. ... Julio Lugo went 3-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games in Boston's 10-3 win over the Chicago White Sox.

SPEAKING
``Goaltending. It was right on the rim, so I brought it back.'' - Colorado outfielder Ryan Spilborghs, on his leaping catch to rob Brian Schneider of a home run in the fifth inning of the Rockies' 3-1 win over Washington on Friday.

SEASONS
July 21
1921 - The Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees combined for an AL-record 16 doubles as the Indians won 17-8. Cleveland had nine doubles and New York seven.
1945 - The Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics battled 24 innings and ended in a 1-1 tie. Les Mueller pitched 19 2-3 innings for the Tigers.
1956 - Brooks Lawrence of the Cincinnati Reds had his 13-game winning streak broken as Roberto Clemente's three-run homer led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 victory.
1970 - San Diego's Clay Kirby held the New York Mets hitless for eight innings but was lifted for a pinch hitter by manager Preston Gomez. With the Padres trailing 1-0 with two out in the eighth, Gomez elected to go for the win instead of letting Kirby finish the game. The Padres lost the no-hitter and the game, 3-0.
1973 - Hank Aaron of Atlanta hit his 700th home run in the third inning of an 8-4 Braves loss to Philadelphia. Aaron connected on a 1-1 fastball off Phillies pitcher Ken Brett.
1975 - Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
2001 - In their highest-scoring game in 58 years, the Los Angeles Dodgers routed Colorado 22-7. The 22 runs were the most scored by the Dodgers since Brooklyn beat Pittsburgh 23-6 on July 10, 1943, at Ebbets Field.
2006 - Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 450 home runs when he homered in the New York Yankees' 7-3 loss to Toronto. Rodriguez also recorded his 2000th career hit.
Today's birthdays: C.C. Sabathia 27; Willie Eyre 29; Geoff Jenkins 33.

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